Dublin school officials will meet next week with students interested in a more rigorous curriculum at the high school level.

Dublin school officials will meet next week with students interested in a more rigorous curriculum at the high school level.

The meeting, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Jerome High School, will focus on the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs offered at the district's three high schools.

Targeted to eighth-, ninth and 10th-graders, the meeting will include background and overview information about enrolling in AP courses and/or the IB program, said district spokesman Doug Baker.

"AP courses and the IB program provide students with the opportunity to experience high-level courses with an advanced curriculum while they are still in high school," he said. "These curricular options are known to provide students with excellent preparation for their college coursework."

This is the first year the district has offered IB classes.

"We are very excited about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program that has been implemented at Coffman," said principal Tracey Miller. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be exposed to a very rigorous international curriculum that will help prepare them for college life and beyond. The focus on all of the academic disciplines that IB requires is what sets this program apart from other college prep curriculums."

Dublin school officials began the process of bringing the IB program to Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools nearly three years ago.

"The great thing about IB is it makes your whole school better, willing to embrace different cultures and turns our students into different kinds of learners," Jerome principal Cathy Sankey said.

The IB program is a course of study that is recognized internationally and provides students with the opportunity to take classes that emphasize critical thinking, application of knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach with a global focus, Baker said.